Brown Eyed Women
It Must Have Been The Roses
New Minglewood Blues
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Let It Grow
Samson And Delilah ->
Cold Rain And Snow
Playing In The Band ->
Eyes Of The World ->
Estimated Prophet ->
The Other One ->
Iko Iko ->
Stella Blue ->
Playing In The Band
Johnny B. Goode
Sick Bits Vol. 5
Matrix: (SBD/AUD mix)
SBD: MR > DAT > CD-R (shn ID #2595)
AUD: MAC: Sony ECM 33Ps > Sony TC-158 > CDR (shn ID #15208)
Taped by Jerry Moore
[complete text files for each source appended at end]
Both sources were shn files downloaded from LMA and converted to
WAV > Vegas 5 (matrix) > WAV > CD Wave > FLAC Frontend > FLAC 16 (level 8)
Matrixed by Chris Chappell
Given the two sources available on the Llama, I decided to put the effort
into editing a matrix of this weird and powerful night at Colgate U.
during their homecoming weekend. The Jerry Moore FOB AUD is an excellent
recording, and the SBD is balanced with everyone in the mix and Keith
featured prominently throughout. The two sources work well together even
though the venue was basically an ice rink with steel walls.
This show, albeit sloppy at points, epitomizes the ability of the band to
take chances musically, knowing they can falter at any moment but also
collectively discover something around the bend never before seen or heard.
This is also reflected in the setlist which has some noteworthy aspects.
The Let It Grow to end the first set is both out there and raging,
purporting what is to come next. Technical difficulties allow time for
Phil to introduce the band as the "Jones Gang" at the start of the second
set. This level of hilarity is indicative of the playing to follow: loose,
strange, daring, and plain old rockin'. Cold Rain & Snow hadn't been
played in over a year and is one of two played in '77. The Playin' in the
Band is very exploratory building to a crescendo that segues into the gem
of the show: Eyes of the World - simply the most rockin' I have heard.
Then, to top it off, they transition into Estimated, with Jerry sort of
happening upon the song unexpectedly. This is the first Eyes > Estimated,
with another on 11-5-79 and then not again until the famous night at Nassau
with Branford Marsalis on 3-29-90. A powerful one-verse only Other One
follows, and then the 4th Iko-Iko ever comes out of Drums. The Stella Blue
is very intimate with Jerry crooning at the end similar to certain nights
in the 90's. A very long and jammed out Playin' reprise ends the set at
a fervent level, and the Johnny B. Goode to follow doesn't let up.
Both sources were pitched differently, the AUD being the sharpest,
and the SBD being the flatest. I used the SBD as my master timeline
and pitch referenced the AUD to it. The AUD on average had to be pitched
down about .33 (33 cents) to achieve pitch correction - 1.00 being
100 cents which is a semitone. I did not reference A=440 as I did not
desire to pitch adjust the SBD. It is very close though to A=440.
Because of the speed fluctuation within a given source, multiple edits
were performed to keep the sources synched. Because the SBD was my
master pitch and time ref, the AUD was synched to the SBD (too many
edits to list).
- Sonic Quality/Matrix ratio
The only dynamic processing I employed was a little bit of limiting
(Waves L2) to the SBD source. All I was trying to do here is to add some
dimension to the SBD by using the ambience of the AUD. The result is a
lively but clear recording, hopefully close to how it sounded at the show.
If I had to guess the SBD/AUD ratio would be somewhere between 3:1 and 4:1.
The following are places where the SBD and AUD had splices, holes or
incomplete coverage in reference to the final matrix timeline. Crossfades
were used throughout for smooth transitions to a single source.
November 10, 2017 Subject:
When 1st he saw this woman..(Donna Jones)
Good List, Well Played, Loosey Goosey @ Colgate.
and that Johnny 'B' encore!.
January 12, 2015 Subject:
Anybody Else Having Issues Streaming This One?
First - THANKS so much for the hours putting this great show up in Matrix format. I should have printed HOURS! I know how much work goes into something like that because I am a fulltime pro guit player for last 37 years. So again THANK YOU!
I love 1977 (though my first Dead show attended was January 78 at the Shrine) - and find Jerry's playing beyond inspirational at times. But I was lead to this show by Dick L's comments in a blog. And he was of course right - a superb night.
But is anyone else having problems streaming this one? It keeps stopping after songs and not wanting to budge unless I reload and sometimes skip ahead and then move back, etc. etc. I have streamed MANY Many shows here - and this is a first today.
But again, I want to express my gratitude for all the hard work done here. THANK YOU!
January 26, 2013 Subject:
The Jones Band
I've only listened to this show once but I can already tell I'll be back for more soon. This is some amazing fall '77, both in song selection and execution.
It's hard to beat a lead-off Bertha>Good Lovin' that's played with this much energy. The middle second set is some solid 77 staples with a beautiful Roses and graceful Sunrise. As a lot of reviews have mentioned below, we get a "Yes It Does" Bertha. (I would be interested in the prevalence of that if anyone has any information on it) I'm a big fan of Dupree's so I really enjoy hearing it pop back up in the shows from this fall run, as hit or miss as this one is. The closing Let It Grow is phenomenal, the band weaving intricate musical textures at a roaring pace that leaves everyone satisfied and ready for a rest at the setbreak.
As usual, it's the second set that defines this show in terms of greatness. A technical anomaly yields a playful band introduction from Phil until they get everything "just exactly perfect" and move into a rocking Samson>Cold Rain (the latter of which hadn't been played since 9/76) Then comes the big jam, a meaty Playin' sandwich that launches us into a dark psychedelic landscape that slowly brightens and arrives us at Eyes of the World, never losing pace. This Eyes doesn't disappoint, a glistening road to travel along between Playin' and the Estimated that comes next. Estimated segues into a truncated-sounding, one-verse Other One (I would imagine they intended to come back to it but wound up heading in another direction). Drums trickles in and builds up to a beat that at winks toward another Good Lovin' but soon is revealed to be Iko Iko. It's clear that this song is young and while it has it's moments we more or less sit through it to get to Stella Blue, although Iko provides quite a smooth transition into Stella. This is one of the most beautiful Stella's I think I have heard. It floats in and captivates us until we are again entranced by the playin reprise, the band jamming down into quiet and then exploding again. The show is topped off with a smokin' Johnny B Goode encore, not uncommon for 77.
This is a great matrix (Thanks Chris Chappel) that pairs the AUD and SBD sounds quite well.
For a much better review of this show than mine check out:
This is the cream on top of an already outrageous year in the Dead's history. Loose and exploratory all the way through. 2nd set is a magic carpet ride. Period. Climb aboard......
I love your work, Chris Chappell. Your matrix mixes make my life a better one. 5 stars squared. PS: Those Brown Eyed Women versions that end with Garcia re-affirming the last chorus with a "Yes, it does", just melt my goddam heart like I cannot believe each and every time I hear one......
November 4, 2012 Subject:
Pretty famous for the clarity of the aud recordings; I like this matrix for the same reasons stated below - you get the best of both...
Set 1 isn't *terribly* exciting, save the bookends: Bertha & Let It Grow - both played absolutely at the edge - everything else will do just fine however, except Jer does blow a key line in Dupree's that you'll need to shrug off...
Set 2 is the goods - they charge out with Samson and never look back - they play everything in the suite as well as you can imagine for '77 - Stella I think is my personal fave of this set. They push this show over the top into the best of '77 with this second set. Dig that "Jones Gang" intro!
November 5, 2011 Subject:
Fantastic moments make this rough show a keeper,
especially the totally sick Let It Grow!
September 10, 2011 Subject:
great job on the mix. solid '77.
January 3, 2011 Subject:
Playing -> Eyes
Totally amazing the way this transitions.
Good sounding matrix, impeccable setlist.
November 21, 2010 Subject:
Matrix is a good combination
Neither Jerry Moore's AUD nor the SBD truly satisfies, but the Matrix is SICK! The board is too dry and Moore's FOB lacks punch. Put the two together, and we have some magic. This is an excellent performance from a year of truly great playing from this band. IMHO, this is one of the top five or ten shows of 1977. Thanks to the matrix master!
July 27, 2010 Subject:
What a Delight To Stumble Upon
This show is def. a hidden gem in a sea of amazing 1977 shows. The opening set kicks off with pure adrenalin. Jerry treats us to a fiery Brown Eyed Women that got the crowd roaring after the 2nd solo. Cassidy is played with much passion and Minglewood was straight up dirty. You should check out the SBD / AUD matric by Chris Chappell. I am currently recording it with Soundtap so I cant write on that blog. Soundtap allows you, legally, to record streaming audio. Then you can play it anywhere!!
January 6, 2010 Subject:
great show.... mp3
December 9, 2009 Subject:
does anyone know if you can get this on an mp3 file. because i want to add this on to itunes and you need an mp3 file to do it. thanks
July 27, 2008 Subject:
Excellent mix of an excellent show
Great job on the source mixing, man! I personally always love a little b it of echo and a little bit of crowd in my Dead recordings, and this fits the bill just fine.
As for the show...well, the Dupree's and the Iko Iko are a little sloppy...but as Chris Chappel writes below, that's because this is an extremely creative, wild-and-wooly show.
Everything else shines. The Bertha and Cassidy are just beautiful, the Cassidy has some really rare, creative riffs by Jerry. And as you can already tell the LIG is on fire and the huge Playin' sandwich is an awesome experience, beginning to end. ESPECIALLY the end.
This is the greatest Playin' Reprise ever. First, a wonderfully weird transition from Stella Blue. Then a little jam. Then, just listen to the band tease you, almost Phish-like, as it seems like they'll never get back to the main Playin' theme...they are barely audible...and then they do, they DO, THEY DO!! Huge triumphant chords come crashing back, and you shout for joy along with the crowd. It's followed by a flawless Johnny B. Goode.
Download this now. You'll treasure it for years.
P.S. Although close, this is not quite the best Eyes ever--for me 9-02-78 takes that cake--but it is surely a top 5 or top 10 eyes.
May 29, 2008 Subject:
Gremlin on Stella Blue
There seems to be a little Audio Gremlin at 3:23 in Stella Blue. Is this on the original SBD and AUD?
Otherwise the 2nd set (all of listened to) is delightful for its energy and freshness. I love the intro that Jerry gives to Stella Blue - quite lyrical and haunting.
May 28, 2008 Subject:
This sounds pretty good! I don't like Keith's organ setting (whatever that is...it sounds like a play organ) but that certainly isn't your fault. thanks for the effort.